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May 5, 2019

Things to Do in El Paso

What are the Fun Things to Do in El Paso Texas?

I had a great time and I fell in love with #ElPaso! Check out my list of Things to Do in El Paso #sponsored

El Paso means to pass through. What if passing through wasn’t that simple what if you couldn’t just pass through and remain unchanged when you left? That happened to me. I was on a press trip visiting El Paso. I thought it would just be another city in Texas. I was wrong.

Things to Do in El Paso

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Easy Entertaining Ideas for Spring and Summer

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were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by GreatGatherings.

Children are running, and there’s laughter all around. Fun conversation is shared while the table is overflowing with delectable treats. There are hands reaching and mom’s pointing, and dad’s laughing there are uncles and aunts, cousins and friends that we call family. There are flowers blooming and blue skies reaching as far as the eye can see. There are full hearts as we enjoy the weather, the food and the soak in the people we love. These are the memories that I think about when someone asks me about spring.

I want my kids to also grow up with unforgettable memories of time with our family and friends. I want them to have time to connect with our relatives and interact with them; that’s why I made it a tradition to host at least one family gathering during this season.

Spring and summer are the perfect seasons for entertaining family and friends. The weather is ideal for indoor or outdoor parties, and there are lots of fresh food to choose from. It is not important if the gathering is big or small, what’s important is you have the company of people that are close to you. It’s just the perfect time to disconnect from technology and connect with the people that matter. These gatherings are an opportunity to create a memorable experience that everyone will cherish.

To help you prepare for your gathering, here are some easy entertaining ideas for spring and summer

Get ready for fun gatherings with friends and family. Check out these easy entertaining ideas for spring and summer.

1. Invest in good furniture.

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GreatGatherings offers high-quality indoor game room and outdoor furniture selections and a lot more. They carry items from the industry’s leading brands such as Brown Jordan, Lloyd Flanders, Tommy Bahama, Tropitone, and more.

And since GreatGatherings was created to inspire friends and family to gather more often in their homes, they also carry books to how-to presentations on information and instruction on entertaining. You can even purchase an entire room collection, individual pieces, including the hottest party glassware, serveware, décor, and recipes themed to holidays and party events throughout their entire year. It’s truly your one-stop shop for all your entertaining needs.

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What do you need to know to keep your kids safe while swimming

The sun is out and my little one is on the run. She is usually on the run straight towards water. I have thought about taking her to swim lessons but I am strapped for time. My husband also taught people how to swim when he was in the Navy; so he wants to do it. I keep seeing articles on children drowning and most times drowning occurs while the parent is right there. My husband actually rescued a three year old when she was in the pool with her babysitter. She was very lucky that my husband knew CPR or she wouldn’t be alive. It only takes a couple of seconds to go from fun to an emergency.

I asked my friend Angel if she had some tips to help me keep my little angel safe.

What do you need to know to keep your kids safe while swimming

Ask A Swim Instructor: What do you need to know to keep your kids safe while swimming!

  1. Keep your eyes on your child at all times in and around water.
  2. Do not use floaties or rings to play with children in the water.This creates a false sense of security in an unskilled child.
  3. Utilize pool fences, alarms, etc. for barrier safety.
  4. ** Find an instructor in your area at Infant Swim to teach your child life-saving self-rescue skills by an ISR instructor. In case they fall in alone. “The sooner…the safer.”

Angel is an instructor for Infant Swim. Her website can be viewed here. I watched Angel on the news and I learned I need to teach my child how to float on her back. Then she should swim for the side. This little bit of information could be the difference in her surviving if she fell in the pool.  I say fall but what I mean is run full speed and jump into the pool when we are not around or not paying attention to her.

In addition to keeping an eye on your kids around the pool, it is just as important to protect them while they’re in the pool.

Here are some tips to help keep your family and friends safe at the pool this summer:

  • Did you know that more than 4.5 million people are treated for skin cancer every year? It’s important to start practicing proper sun protection at an early age – to protect skin now and prevent the damage from the sun’s UV rays that can build up over time.
    • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends sunscreens with broad-spectrum UV protection and SPF 15 or higher.
    • According to the American Association of Dermatologists, sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide are safe to use on children six months and older.
    • The American Association of Dermatologists also suggests applying sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outside, and at least every two hours thereafter (more often if you’re in the water).
  • Swimming in unsanitized water can expose you and your kids to a variety of illnesses like diarrhea, swimmer’s ear and skin inflections. Chlorine is added to the water to kill germs and is one of the first lines of defense against germs that can make swimmers sick.
    • Both chlorinated pools AND salt-water pools require chlorine.
    • Test your pool’s water every day to help keep it safe. Use an at-home kit to regularly test the levels of chlorine in your pool to determine if it is being properly sanitized. Read more here about how to use your at-home testing kit.
    • A well-managed pool does not smell like chlorine and, if pool water irritates eyes, it may be a sign that there is not enough chlorine.

For more information about how these chemicals work to help keep our families safe, visit Chemical Safety Facts.

March 20, 2019

How to Travel With A Dog By Car

How to Travel With A Dog By Car

Read my tips on how to travel with a dog by car. Check out my dog travel must haves.

You are going across town or across the country. You need pet transport. You need tips on how to travel with a dog by car. I understand. I just traveled with three kids and a dog from Virginia to Florida and not only did we survive but we had a great time. It required planning on my part but once I implemented my plan our puppy was happy and so were my children.

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Spring Cleaning Tips with Free Printable Deep House Cleaning Checklist

Free Printable Deep House Cleaning Checklist

Spring Cleaning Tips

Springtime is finally here! One of my favorite things about spring is opening my windows, letting the light in, and sprucing everything up! You know what I’m talking about, Spring Cleaning time! I know I know, most people don’t like cleaning, but something about spring cleaning makes your house feel new and fresh, and really brings the sunshine in! I always do an annual deep house cleaning during this time of the year, so I wanted to share with you a few spring cleaning tips that I have picked up along the way!

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